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david brodie joins us from edge water, new jersey. but first we will go to john zarrella there live in pasadena. john, we are about to enter the period that officials are calling seven minutes of terror, where they will not know if curiosity is alive or dead. >> that's exactly right, john. this is it. they've all been using the olympic term that they have to stick this landing. as you pointed out, that this maneuver to entering the atmosphere of mars, traveling at 13,200 miles an hour, in less than ten minutes from now, they'll be hitting curiosity will be hitting the upper part of the atmosphere, traveling that speed, from that point on, it'll maneuver its way down through the atmosphere. then a parachute will deploy and following the parachute deployment, it'll be slow to even further and then another series of events has to unfold where rockets have to fire. and the heat shield comes off. and the back shell comes off. and ultimately, curiosity will be tethered down. literally a sky crane down to the surface of the red planet. and then, that next phase of the operation is to jet s
the hour. let's go back to jpl just outside pasadena, california. john zarrella is there to find out if everything is going according to plan. curiosity should be touching down on the surface of mars. one person described this as the super bowl, on the one yard line with one play left. how is it looking? >> reporter: that's exactly right. the reset for the viewers, this is the most complicated landing attempt ever by nasa with a spacecraft o on mars. they today do it because curiosity is so big. you can see behind me, about the size after small car, about 2,000 pounds. before they encased rovers on air bags. bounce on the surface, then come to the stand still, the air bags would deflate and you could wo have these great little rover tlaes could come right off the landers and take off. this thing is way too big for that. they today come up with this incredible set of maneuvers and pyrotechnics to get curiosity on the ground. and joy crisp is with me, deputy project scientist. and joy, good news, they were getting what they call heart beats. what does that tell us? >> we are getting to
. the red planet in living color... nasa has released new images from the surface of mars. as john zarrella reports.. scientists are calling the pictures... simply awesome. --reporter pkg-as follows -- mission managers have released new imagery - taken by an orbiting spacecraft... of the landing site -- gale crater -- where the curiisity rover is just now getting its bearings.... firmly on martian soil... are the rover, and all of the components that helped it land safely on the surface... "and this is what we call - (applause) - it's like a crimm scene photo here (applause) - it's liie a crime scene photo here [applause]..." it was isual proof that the landing went according to plan... that black speck in the middle... is the curiosity rover... (music) animation illustrating its entry, descent, and landing on the red planet gave preview... the heat shield - that burned through the martian lies charred - 12- hundred meters away from the rover... the slowed its descent -- nasa released a photo - now lies on the surface about 600 meters from the rover... aad the sky crane - which helped owe
the storm. john zarrella is in key west in and brian todd getting rained on. we are going to talk to them. but we are covering the storm, tropical storm, from all angles. chad myers, what do we want to know. >> we are talking 150 miles from the center, we are seeing rain come on shore here in south florida. you get winds 30, 40 miles an hour. and you see the lightning strikes. don't go out in the lightning. it kills more people than anything else. and here is the biggest picture. the sat lead. notice the colorful now-ness, it's evolving into a more organized storm. as soon as the storm gets an eye, the engine starts. it really beginning to go and that is why the hurricane center says, as soon as it gets going, it's on its way to go 70, 90, 100 miles an hour. i don't want you to focus on the line but i want to draw your attention that new orleans is back here oren the yez ear side of the eye than the hard side of the eye, which is mobile over biloxi and gulf port. it could turn to the right and hit parts of florida and stay to the left, like it's been doing. if you remember, the forecast w
seems maybe it has dodged the bullet. that's where we find cnn's john zarrella. john, you got a break from isaac in terms of being relatively calm right now. but no one's really gone out to really assess completely. we just know there is standing water in some areas, right? >> yes, no question about it. when you talk about the keys, you're talking about 100 miles of just a chain of islands all connected by a series of causeways, series of bridges, small spits of land and certainly over years when you've had hurricanes approaching from either direction, whether it was from the west or the east towards the florida keys you get overwash, a lot of debris that washes up. you get flooding in the low-lying areas. this storm approaching certainly on the atlantic side. they had more wind and rain and a lot of tidal surge that came up as the storm approached. far less than what we saw here in this protected area, more on the gulf side. you can see just how protected we are. you can see the trees barely blowing over there now. you know, fredericka, earlier today when we first got here, we did se
is happening where john zarrella is to explain why it seems so calm in comparison to an hour and a half ago. >> he's on th sunset side of key west. if you're on the east side of the ilan or far east as big pine and you're on ocean side, you're seeing all this wind come at you this way. whereas john, right there, the winds are coming across the island. he's not really going to get another side of this because what was the worst part, all this convection has now passed key west. there's not really any convection on the south and southeast sides of the storm. although, john, you are not in the eye. you'd have to be at about ft. jefferson to get the eye. that's where it will be passing. this would be the dry tortugas. the convection is to the west of this area and not any more coming in to john or from the keys. that's not saying there's not an awful lot of water piling up on some of the islands. you get up here toward vacacut or vocachica northward, i wouldn't want to be out there, you see the bubble of water rushing through the islands. if you've never been to the keys, it's an amazing place,
's where we find cnn's john zarrella. gosh, it looks calm right now even though the water is moving rapidly. describe what's happening. >> that's right. we're watching this storm. it's been moving so fast, i think around 20 miles an hour or more now. we're beginning to wonder if the center of the storm is already -- is a lot closer to us or over us now. you're right, a couple of hours ago, the waves were crashing all along here, a lot of white caps on in protected inlegality here. the buoys were going and all those sailboats in this protected harbor area, also bobbing around and feeling it. the wind and the rain, much stronger a couple of hours ago. look down here, fredericka. that's sunset island over there. even then we saw tremendous amount of wave action, very close up to the island. here's another good indication. take a look at the palm trees down here. barely moving. and just a couple of hours ago as we watched all this, the palm trees outside that hotel complex there really moving fast. one of the thing, fredericka that i mentioned a couple of hours ago was, they really had a sense
john zarrella's at the southern most tip of florida, of the u.s., as a matter of fact there where the gulf and atlantic come together. i see a few raindrops. lot of wind. what else is happening? >> reporter: fredricka, it's been picking up steadily all day, as i'm sure jim spelman was telling you earlier as well. what's interesting is that as we were driving down into key west earlier this morning, there are cars that are parked all along the roadway in the middle and lower keys. they call that the wilma syndrome. that's because when hurricane wilma hit down here seven years ago, hundreds and hundreds of cars were flooded out by the storm surge that came in. so we definitely noticed that difference. right along the highway is the highest point that overseas highway is literally the highest point of land along the keys. what we've got down here, another thing that was different that we noticed was a lot more buildings were boarded up. lot more sandbags out all along duvall street. people taking this quite seriously, even though officials in the florida keys don't believe -- they do
want to get straight away to cnn's john zarrella. he's been with us in gulfport, mississippi. john, you can tell us what you've been experiencing and what's been going on right now. >> reporter: well, the worst of the weather that we've experienced through this entire storm is what we're getting right now. you can certainly see the trees are whipping around. the rain is horizontal. i was out there and behind me, the viers watching behind me, of course, the gulf of mexico to the south and highway 90 which runs all along the beach, the beach road throughout mississippi. and one of the big concerns, of course, here has been for storm surge flooding for the road to go underwater at some point. but as you can see, what we have had all day is the wind actually blowing from the east to the west. so you don't have that powerful onshore flow. right now i was out there a few minutes ago with waind meter an we were getting winds around 45 miles per hour. i'll take a walk out here, natalie, and people will get a better idea as i move away from the hotel, a little better sense of the kind of wind th
through my lifetime. that's from mitt romney. john zarrella is joining us now, he's covered space for a long time. john, what else do we know about neil armstrong's death that seemed to have come so suddenly when we heard about it today? >> caller: that >> reporter: that is true, wolf. it was very sudden. i know after the heart surgery he had within the last month. i talked to some of his fellow astronauts, retired astronauts that said he was doing well, that he had come out of his surgery well. so now dying from complications from that procedure certainly taking everybody -- shocked everyone. you know, it's funny, he was always such a quiet person. and shied away from the spotlight. i saw him a couple years ago at an apollo 14 reunion. he went to all of those events and he seemed very comfortable when he was in those surroundings with his friends, with his fellow astronauts, but publicly, he always shied away from those kinds of events. we have a statement that came in a little while ago from charlie bolden nasa administrator. and in part the statement reads, as we enter this nex
to take that unprecedented trip in the search for the building blocks of life. cnn's john zarrella is life from the jet propulsion lab in pasadena, california, who was just as excited as i am about this mission that's really pretty dangerous. they're calling it the seven minutes of terror and they have this amazing video on nasa's website, it's very well produced, and it kind of gave me some chills, john. explain what's going to happen. >> reporter: rob, what they're going to do is hit the atmosphere at 13,000 miles an hour and over the course of seven minutes a whole series of events have to unfold. they have to maneuver through the atmosphere, deploy a parachute and fire rockets to center them up with the planet. then they've got to come down on literally on what they call a sky crane down to the surface of the planet. all of that takes place in seven minutes. any one thing goes wrong and the entire mission is lost, but i want to show people back out here live, this is how far nasa has come, rob, since 1997. take a look at this. this is the sojourner rover, landed on mars, july 4, 1997.
of terror. john zarrella is following all of this and he is near the nasa lab where cure i don't say is being rolled. 297 color images sent back. what do they show? >> reporter: what we are seeing, of course, on the video that we have out there now, is that die scent camera imagery that is made by maylin space industries down in san diego. they have done a lot of work with these color pictures. you're seeing the actual, it's like those old apollo landing images. i understand there's a lot more of those to come. they will be able to piece together even better descent landing. some of the pictures you're seeing from ground level were taken with that haz cam as they call it and you see mt. sharp in the distance. mt. sharp is one of the places that they want to go and they want to look at, kate, because that is where all of that sedimentary rock has built up over e ions and they believe th can look back far enough in time at mt. sharp to get better idea of what mars was like billions of years ago when it was more earth like and when it was wetter and when perhaps life had a chance to tak
was shot onboard moments before touching down. john zarrella and chad myers join me now for more. so, john, let's start with you. you have been following the story very closely and are live at nasa's jetropulsion laboratory in california. tell us about this new veo and what exactly are we seeing? >> reporter: well, in fact, zoraida, what we're seeing in this video are images taking from the descent camera, made by space industries down in san diego. and the video shows the curiosity rover as it is descending down through the atmosphere to the touchdown on mars. it was 297 images all put together into one continuous short video. and then there was the haz cam image. they finally did get a higher resolution picture which shows mt. sharp in the distance. and that mt. sharp is, of course, critical what they are hoping to do is get over to mt. sharp eventually and they can look back in history at the history of mars. and i believe the news conference has begun out here at the jet propulsion laboratory and we do expect to get some new pictures coming in from this press conference. >> mechanism i
if life was possible on mars. we've got cnn's john zarrella in pasadena at the jet propulsion lab. to land curiosity, nasa used a parachute method that they weren't even able to test. i find this funny because they call this the seven minutes of terror, quote. is this the hardest part of the mission or are we expecting other potential pitfalls here? >> reporter: always potential pitfalls, brianna. the bottom line is, without question, that seven minutes of terror. they never attempted this kind of landing before. the vehicle, you can see a model behind me here is so big at 2,000 pounds, the size of a small car, they couldn't use the other methods they had done in the past, the tried and true methods, air bags opening, bouncing on the planet and deflating and these rovers coming out. this was just too big to do that. they had to go to this method where they would fly through the atmosphere, a parachute would deploy. then they would fire rockets, stabilize the vehicle, then a sky crane literally with tethers lowering the vehicle to the ground, everything had to work perfectly if any one thin
surface looks like and like all tech-savvy folks, it is tweeting every move it makes. john zarrella has that report. >> reporter: it may seem like the curiosity rover is your worst friend on twitter and just sending brag pictures from exotic places. me and my shadow and mount sharp and its operators tweet ed on dy one. now it is begging for more attention, and head's up, no, really, my head's up. as it beamed another shadow pic back to earth, and then it sent the first 360-degree photo from mar mars of, you guessed it, itself. but curiosity's operators say that it is all for good reason. >> we also took panorama of the deck, and we call it the deck pan, and we took it to document the state of the deck after the land i landing. >> reporter: and this is to give them a good look at rover before the science mission, and make sure it functions just as you see in the animation. and so far, so good. >> you can see the shadow of the arm in the image, and you can also see that the mast is deployed, which is excellent. that is what we are looking for. >> reporter: new totos also show a wide field
.5 billion project is gone. cnn's john zarrella with more on this incredibly ambitious mission. >> reporter: don, the countdown is well under way, just a little over 24 hours now before you're going to have a landing on mars of the most sophisticated rover ever sent to the planet. when i say that, this is one of the reasons why. take a look at this. 1997, july 4th, the sojourner rover landed on mars. this is "curiosity" 2,000 pounds, the size of a small car, enormous by comparison. there's more complexity in literally in the wheel of "curiosity" than there is in all of the sojourner rover. jordan is one of the head engineers. jordan, take us through some of the key facets like this, this is phenomenal, this is the drill. >> sure, this is the drill and other ground sensing instruments as well as a sieve and a scoop. >> you're able to actually hammer rocks and pulverize them and actually look at them, put them in your chemistry laboratory right on board. >> that's right, you can see what the minerals, we can do organic chemistry on the rocks. >> reporter: everyone wants to know the first pict
a live shot of the florida keys right now, go live there, cnn's john zarrella has been covering the story. any flooding in major damage? anybody hurt? what do you know? >> reporter: just within the last hour, don, i did have an opportunity to talk to the folks at the emergency management center in mara on this, the monroe county emergency management officials. they told me this is what they have. they had some sporadic power outages up and down the keys, but all of those have been restored. at that point an hour ago, no reports of any power outages. they did have some reports of some minor overwash in a couple of places along the key, but they expected a lot of that would recede. they are telling people to, you know, stay indoors, ride this thing out the rest of the night because you could still get some squalls moving across as the storm pulls away from us. in fact, you can look back out here in the distance, and you can see it's kind of a squall line rotating around there in the distance, as well, trying to work its way over to where we are. but it's still quite a ways away. but for the
. it is a $2 billion gamble. here's john zarrella. >> reporter: eight months in space, 354 million miles per hour, $2.5 billion spent, nearly a decade of work. after all that, it will take only minutes, just minutes to determine elation or disaster. >> foull nights of sleep have eluded for for years now. >> we think about failure every day, how to avoid failure. >> reporter: after it reaches the top of the martian atmosphere, a series of precision, choreographed events will begin to unfold, events never before attempted, events so dramatic and defining, the space agency put together a short movie, calling it "seven minutes of terror." that's the amount of time it will take "curiosity" to plummet through the atmosphere and either crash or land safely. >> 1,600 degrees. >> if any one thing doesn't work just right, it's game over. >> reporter: "curiosity" is huge, the size of a small car. its size meant nasa couldn't use the tried and true landing methods, airbags or shock-absorbing legs. on top of that, the rover has to hit a specific spot, one place nasa thinks could have hints of past or pre
minutes of terror."...///john zarrella... explains why. why. eight months in space. 354 million miles traveled. two and half billion dollars spent. nearly a decade of work. after all that, it will take only minutes, just minutes to determine elation or disaster."full nights of sleep have eluded me for a couple of years now.""we think about failure every day. we thing about how to avoid failure." after nasa's curiosity rover breaches the top of the martian atmosphere a series of precision, choreographed events will begin to unfold; events never before attempted; events so dramatic and defining, the space agency put together a short movie calling it: seven minutes of terror, that's the amount of time it will take curiosity to come through the atmosphere and either crash or land safely. "it heats up and it glows like the surface of the sun. 16 hundred degrees.""if any one thing doesn't just work right, it's game over."curiosity is huge. the size of a small car. its size meant nasa couldn't use the tried and true landing methods... airbags or shock absorbing legs. on top of that, the
correspondent david brodie joins us from edge water, new jersey. but first we will go to john zarrella there live in pasadena. john, we are about to enter the period that officials are calling seven minutes of terror, where they will not know if curiosity is alive or dead. >> that's exactly right, john. this is it. they've all been using the olympic term that they have to stick this landing. as you pointed out, that this maneuver to entering the atmosphere of mars, traveling at 13,200 miles an hour, in less than ten minutesom
. nasa says it is in great shape and working perfectly. so far. john zarrella, and the jet propulsion laboratory in california. and john, i have been watching you for days now and i stayed up and watched when it finally landed. i talked to you this weekend ap it is exciting then and exciting now, and what is the level like there today? >> yeah, it is spectacular and we have treats today for the viewer. you can see the room i'm in and it is actually yellow, because they are duplicating exactly what the conditions are like on mars. what you will see there behind me, that is the engineering model of curiosity.
on opportunity landing on mars. we're going to go back to john zarrella now and talk about this. john, this is what i gathered from this press conference, that everything is working the way it's supposed to be working, that they're very excited about these images that they've received. i thought ken edgitt, senior research scientist there, actually got a little emotional. am i right? >> reporter: yeah, you know, he's been working with malin space systems down in san diego for quite a while, and, you know, one of the crowning glories for them for this flight is the descent imager. we talked about that before the press conference started. that's the one that got the images of curiosity going through the atmosphere and as it approached, you know, very much apollo-like pictures as it approached the surface. and the story behind that, zoraida, is that a few years ago nasa, to save money, decided they were going to scrap it. they weren't going to finish the project. there wouldn't be a descent imager. edgitt and mike malin said, you know what, we're going to finish it on our own and make su
and this is the beginning of the amazing sights you can now see. john zarrella is on the phone from pasadena. john, you're going to take us through thee pictures, i know that, and the video. also, engineers will have the another briefing. what will they say. >> reporter: we assume what her going to do is give us an indication of the first checkouts of curiosity. the scientists wanted to go through and make sure the systems are all working and that will take quite a while and they don't expect to do a lot of science until a couple of weeks until every system is checked out but they are going to continue to give us these terrific pictures. and those pictures that you've been showing, carol, the ones we are seeing now, the descent image camera. interesting story there. mike maylin, made the image and we kind of call him the mars photographer. he has put many cameras are mars missions. interesting story here. a few years ago when nasa was in the process of trying to save money for this mission, they cut the camera out of the mission and we would never have had these pictures, except maylin decided to go ah
. >>> the rover curiosity on the surface of mars, day five, nasa scientists just spoke to reporter john zarrella who's staying on top of e everything at the jet propulsion laboratory in pasadena. so, john, they talked about the seven moments of terror, so to speak. why are they going over that again. >> yeah, fredricka. we hadn't heard about the landing and descent. they're still talking at this briefing because they're still all jazzed up by how well everything went and how well their calculations worked. in fact, they started off the press briefing by saying, you know what, we traveled more than 350 million miles to get to mars and we missed the entry target by less than one mile. that's pretty phenomenal when you think about it. they were, for all intents and purposes, right on track. then they began ticking off all of the different time lines throughout that descent and they actually brought up an enhanced image that was taken from the mars reconnaissance orbiter shown on the end of the parachute and they talk about how the parachute deployment took place right within the time line when they
to john zarrella who is on the phone, and tell us the significance of this and what it looks like. >> yes, suzanne, i am not and was not that far from where david is the at the hotel. you didn't have to go far, and probably about two miles down the road from the hotel here, and we had expected that the westbound lane would be okay, because it was a higher elevation than the eastbound lane which is right down at the water level. david mentioned how you had the wind shift now coming more out of the south which is driving this water right up to the highway. the gulf is essentially gone, and i am sure that the beach will reemerge when the tide subsides, but from a mile or two from here in highway 90, both directions the lower portion of the road and the upper portion which is a little bit higher elevation that moves to the west side, and we were out and shoot shooting pictures in it. there are timbers covering the road, and sand covering the road and the water is now racing, because of the way that the wind is driving it, racing down highway 90, on both sides of the road from east to west. it
didn't get to see those awesome shots? john zarrella explains. >> reporter: mike malet is the first to admit he's not real animated except when he is talking about his cameras, more precisely, his mars cameras. >> you can take this camera higher than that camera. and do a sweep from up there. you can look down on the rover. >> reporter: from nasa orbiting s satellites, his cameras have taken hundreds of pictures. this heart shape mound malin calls love from mars. this one, happy face. it's actually a crater. here's a gully on the red planet. evidence water once flowed there. but malin's crown ago chiefments m -- crowning achievements may be on mars. two of the cameras are his, two on the mast, one on the arm and the first pictures came back from his camera. it captured the stunning pictures as curiosity came through the martian atmosphere. pictures we almost never saw. to cut mission costs, nasa dumped the camera. it had already spent $1 million on. to finish the project, malin got some of the money he needed from extra funds in another mars project and picked up the remainder of th
for the big landing. our john zarrella has more on the mission and what nasa hopes to find up there. >> reporter: the grand canyon. each layer of rock represent a period of history. it is a perfect place to see how earth evolved over millions of years. on mars, if you're looking for evidence of life, you go to a very similar place called the gale crater. here the layered rock provides a history of mars back to its first billion years. >> that period of mars history is a mystery to us. it's also the most exciting history for us because that's when it was most earthlike. >> reporter: that's when life is most likely to have developed. so gale is where nasa's "curiosity" rover is going. between a mountain and the crater wall. >> we're landing right between those two and kind of the only patch of flat ground. >> reporter: you could call "curiosity" the sherlock holmes of rovers, with a capability to do science that's more than just elementary. >> this mission really asks one of the most fundamental questions you can ask, is there life on any other planet besides earth. >> reporter: "curi
there trawling through the everglades just to catch the pythons. john zarrella brought us a story of one of these hunters. check this out. >> the next ten miles seem to be the hot spot for burmese pythons. >> reporter: a reptile expert is one of a handful of men sanctioned by the state to hunt down and rid the glades of pythons. an extraordinary move in response to what scientists believe is a rapidly growing threat to the delicate ecosystem. >> it's a large predator. and they're eating basically everything in sight. that's the problem. >> chad myers is on the python beat for us today. this thing is 17 -- what 17.5 feet long. how did it get here? >> it was probably dropped off by an owner years ago that couldn't take care of it anymore. the first python they ever found in the everglades was 1979. >> okay. >> there were a few that got away in hurricane andrew. and that was the old myth. >> right. >> and of course some did get away. >> okay. >> but this is a mama. >> obviously, 87 eggs. >> yes, exactly. they now believe there could be 1,000 to over 100,000 other pythons in the everglades r
as it is, and the capability it has, all of the options are open for science. john zarrella, cnn, jet propulsion lab at pasadena. >>> so you can follow curiosity on twitter @marscuriosity to track the latest pictures coming in from the mars' surface. that is all for us for this hour. i'm kate bolduan and newsroom i'm kate bolduan and newsroom international starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> welcome, everyone, to newsroom international. i'm michael holmes in for suzanne malveaux once again and we will take you around the world as we do in 60 minutes. here is what is going on out there. [ gun fire ] >> rebels in syria pulling back. fierce air and ground attacks by the military in the city of aleppo forcing the anti-government fighters out of the neighborhood stronghold. for now, the rebels say it is a tactical withdrawal, and that reinforcements are already on the way. and meanwhile, the country has a new prime minister and former health minister who has been name named to replace the prime minister who you will remember defected to jordan four ys ago to join th
yet of the martian surface. cnn's john zarrella is at the jet propulsion laboratory in pasadena, california, where the lander is being controlled. these are amazing pictures. it's amazing to think how they can control that rover from where you are. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely, wolf. and some of those images that came down today you have the mosaic -- the full frame mosaic that shows literally the gale crater wall in the distance. in the forefront you can see part of the rover itself sitting there. and also the first little thumbnails of a panorama that they're going to be putting together. and a lot of those came from a mass cam. where i'm standing now, a lot of people call this, wolf, the sand box. what you see behind me is an absolute duplicate of the rover "curiosity." it's the engineering model. and it shadows "curiosity." everything that "curiosity" doe on mars, this vehicle will do. and vandy thompkins is joining me. you helped develop rover and now you are a rover driver and everybody always says a rover driver, well, that's cool. but nobody really understands what it m
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